Best Ever Cheesy Garlic Bread

Turn plain french bread into cheesy, garlicky perfection with the best Cheesy Garlic Bread recipe. With three kinds of cheese, herbs, and tons of garlic, this is the homemade garlic bread you’re going to want to make over and over again.

We love our cheesy homemade garlic bread served with delicious Italian dishes like Chicken Alfredo Baked ZitiCreamy Garlic Penne with Chicken, and Easy Weeknight Spaghetti with Homemade Meatballs.

Cheesy Garlic Bread - Homemade Garlic Bread with tons of cheese and broiled on top.

HOMEMADE CHEESY GARLIC BREAD RECIPE

Homemade Garlic Bread is one of those recipes that everyone seems to know how to make. It’s pretty easy to make the basic recipe. I mean, butter, garlic, bread, right? That’s what I used to think…until I started making this Cheesy Garlic Bread.

Cheesy Garlic Bread - Sliced homemade french bread garlic bread.

The easiest recipe known to man is basically soft butter, granulated garlic, and bread. This recipe takes that basic principle and kicks it up about 27 notches.

Are you ready to make the most epic Cheesy Garlic Bread?

Two halves of cheesy garlic bread - homemade garlic bread with golden browned cheese.

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST GARLIC BREAD

  1. Start by making the garlic butter. There are 6 cloves of fresh garlic mixed with a stick of softened butter. You’re also going to stir in a generous tablespoon of fresh chopped parsley. You could use dried here, but use the same amount. It’s just as much for color as it is for flavor. *PRO TIP: You have to have soft butter. Make sure you take that butter out of the fridge at least an hour before you plan to make this bread. And for the love of all that is good and garlicky, do not microwave that butter.
  2. Now slather all that buttery goodness on some french bread. I try to get the freshest loaves I can because they just taste better. But even a loaf from the discounted, day-old section will work fine. Slice it in half lengthwise and slather that butter and garlic mixture all over. You want the butter to reach all of the outside edges.
  3. Next pile on the cheese. We’re using a luscious combination of Mozzarella, Parmesan, and sharp cheddar. The Parm and cheddar have a nice sharp bite that compliments the smooth creaminess of the Mozzarella. Sprinkle on a little more parsley for color.
  4. Now bake those lovely loaves in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes, then flip on the broiler (no need to move the rack) and broil for several minutes to get that cheese nice and golden brown.

Cheesy garlic bread - homemade garlic bread before baking.

Cheesy Garlic Bread - Homemade garlic bread with a hand taking a slice.

WHAT KIND OF BREAD IS BEST FOR GARLIC BREAD?

The best kinds of bread are soft on the inside and crusty on the outside. A thick loaf of french bread or a hearty Italian loaf will yield the best results, but in a pinch, even sliced sandwich bread will work.

A slice of homemade cheesy garlic bread being pulled apart with strings of cheese.

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Sliced pieces of cheesy garlic bread

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Turn plain french bread into cheesy, garlicky perfection with this epic Cheesy Garlic Bread. With three kinds of cheese, herbs and tons of garlic, this is the homemade garlic bread you're going to want to make over and over again.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 400kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 loaf french bread
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley divided
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup fresh grated Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan Cheese

Instructions
 

  • Slice French bread loaf in half lengthwise. Place each half, cut side up, on a foil lined baking sheet. Set aside.
  • Stir together softened butter, minced garlic, and 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley. Spread evenly on each half of the french bread loaf. In a small bowl combine cheese then sprinkle evenly on top of the bread. Sprinkle remaining parsley even over the cheeses.
  • Bake in the 350 degree oven for 10 minutes. Turn on the broiler to high, move the rack to the top position, and broil for the last 2-3 minutes until cheese is golden and bubbly. (*The broiling step is optional - you could just let it bake for the 10 minutes and call it good).
  • Allow bread to cool and cheeses to set for about 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 2slicesCalories: 400kcal

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Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Do you think you could put this together using Italian bread, freeze it to be baked later? Trying to take a couple of meals to a neighbor who will be having surgery. Thanks so much.

    1. Hi Brenda, yes just do everything except bake it. Then wrap in plastic wrap and freeze. I haven’t tried baking it from frozen, but it shouldn’t take long to thaw.

  2. would it be better to cut them before adding the cheese as not to have all the cheese come off and/or making it messy

    1. You could do that I suppose, but it as long as you use a sharp bread knife and are cautious you shouldn’t have any problem.

  3. Delicious and one of the best I’ve made
    Thank you
    I used bottled chopped garlic tins of it lol and green onions instead of parsley for a change
    But versatile and very good !!!!!

  4. I loved the recipe! I didn’t look at the recipe until I had mixed everything together, but it was still delicious. Next time I will follow the correct instructions and put cheeses on last, it was a little stiff spreading on the loaves but it worked!

  5. Thank you very much for this, I made it tonight and it looked just like yours and was PERFECT!

    This is my go-to recipe from now on.

  6. Hello! It says 350 degrees in the recipe and 400 degrees in the text. Which temp works best? Thanks!

    1. You’re right – it should say 10 minutes. My mistake, thanks for pointing it out. I fixed it. 🙂

    1. Sorry Karen, big typo! Not sure what happened there. It’s 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) for the whole loaf. It’s fixed now.